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Karl Pretzer, BA, Master's-Level Trainee

Karl Pretzer is a Master's-Level Counseling Trainee, currently in the last year of the Master of Clinical Psychology Program at Benedictine University. Karl has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences with a Minor in Secondary Education, also from Benedictine University.

Prior to returning to school to obtain his Master’s Degree, Karl coached soccer professionally for 17 years, ranging from coaching at college, high school, and competitive club levels. Karl was fully licensed by the United States Soccer Federation and served as an Olympic Development Program staff and as a goalkeeper coach for Illinois. Karl hopes to provide each of his clients with a holistic, empathetic, therapeutic experience.

  • Accepting New Clients - Pro Bono!

  • Email Karl If you are looking for a clinician specifically in-network with United Healthcare/Optum, please contact Emily Pagone since she is the only one currently permitted by United/Optum to be the sole clinician in-network with their plans. We hope to have the rest of our teammates join United/Optum panels as soon as possible.

  • HIPAA-Compliant Call/Text: (630) 576-9493

  • Current Master's Program Candidate


✔ Reiki Level 1 + Level 2- Trained
✔ Current Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Candidate at Benedictine University
✔ B.A. in Social Sciences; Minor in Secondary Education

“Let me hold the door for you.
I may have never walked in your shoes,
But I can see your soles are worn,
Your strength is torn
Under the weight of a story
I have never lived before.
Let me hold the door for you
After all you’ve walked through
It’s the least I can do.”
– Morgan Harper Nichols

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